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Mercer Island girls win SeaKing district title | Prep tennis
The Mercer Island girls tennis team won the SeaKing district title on Wednesday, May 14. The Islanders, playing at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle, also won the KingCo tournament title.
Islander senior Nora Tan earned a spot in the championship match after beating Holy Names' Cello Lockwood 6-3 in the semifinals. In the championship match, Catherine Allen of Holy Names beat Tan 6-3, 6-1.
In the girls doubles competition, Gabby and Lydia Venditti beat a duo from West Seattle 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the finals. The sisters faced off against a pair from Liberty in the championship match, which the Venditti pair won 6-0, 6-1.
In the boys competition, Mercer Island Henry Smith finished in third place overall, after beating teammate Brian Hou 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
the Islanders doubles pair of Ben Elliott and Charlie Williams finished third overall, after beating a pair from Seattle Prep. Kyle Baska and Matt Seifert beat that same Seattle Prep pair in the semifinals, to advance to the finals. Baska and Seifert lost to the team from Bainbridge in the title game 6-4, 6-7 (5) 6-2 to finish in second place overall.
The top four in each competition earned a spot in the 3A state tournament which begins on May 24 at Kamiakin High School and the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick.